17 days in Finland Itinerary

17 days in Finland Itinerary

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17 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Milan
Fly:  6​h 30​min
1
Helsinki
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Tampere
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
3
Vaasa
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h
4
Savonlinna
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
5
Hameenlinna
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  8​h 30​min
End: Milan

4
nights
Helsinki

Helsinki ©
Finland's largest and most populated metropolis, the maritime town of Helsinki boasts varied architecture, a lively cafe culture, and plethora of picturesque natural delights.
When in Helsinki, make a side trip to see Nuuksio National Park in Espoo, approximately 48 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temppeliaukion Church, admire the landmark architecture of Helsinki Central Railway Station, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Market Square Kauppatori.

For ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Helsinki trip planner .

Milan, Italy to Helsinki is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Milan in August; daily highs in Helsinki reach 24°C and lows reach 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

2
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampereen Tuomiokirkko. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Thu): enjoy breathtaking views from Haralanharju Tower, then identify plant and animal life at Hatanpaa Arboretum, then examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Tampere road trip planning app .

Traveling by train from Helsinki to Tampere takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In August, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Vaasa.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trip

Haralanharju Tower
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Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus

2
nights
Vaasa

Vaasa ©
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. On the 16th (Fri), head off the coast to Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Bock’s Corner Brewery. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Terranova and then examine the collection at Pohjanmaan Museo - Osterbottens Museum.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Vaasa sightseeing planner.

You can take a train from Tampere to Vaasa in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Vaasa are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. On the 17th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Vaasa

Wildlife Parks Nature
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Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site ©
Pohjanmaan Museo - Osterbottens Museum ©
Bock’s Corner Brewery ©
Bock’s Corner Brewery

3
nights
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): see the interesting displays at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, then explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, then stroll around The Parikkala Sculpture Park, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Savonlinna day trip planning site .

Traveling by flight from Rovaniemi to Savonlinna takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. August in Savonlinna sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 13°C at night. On the 23rd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Hameenlinna.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

The Parikkala Sculpture Park, Kerimaki Church, Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Kerimaki Church ©
Kerimaki Church
Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum ©
Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum

5
nights
Hameenlinna

Hameenlinna ©
Change things up with these side-trips from Hameenlinna: Lahti (Vesijärvi harbor, Sibelius Hall, & more) and Kiikunlahde (in Hollola).

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Hameenlinna online itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Savonlinna to Hameenlinna takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in August, and nighttime lows around 11°C. On the 27th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hameenlinna

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Lahti, Kiikunlahde
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Museo Militaria ©
Museo Militaria
Ahvenisto ©
Ahvenisto
Motorcycle Museum of Finland ©
Motorcycle Museum of Finland

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